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The Morality of Genetic Editing

In November the Chinese scientist He Jiankui announced that he had edited genes in embryos sparking international outcry. In this salon, which will take the format of a debate pro or con gene editing, we will question the ethics of these new developments and what they may mean for the future. Is preventing debilitating genetic diseases a valuable cause even if it means that the rich will be able to choose the genes of their children, making them more intelligent, talented and attractive? Will humanity become even more divided with not only extreme socio-economic but also genetic differences? These are some of the moral issues we will interrogate in this salon debate.

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